Originally created 11/27/05

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Police pursue shooting leads

Authorities continued to follow up Saturday on leads called in to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety about Tuesday's shooting suspect, officials said.

The man is accused of using an assault rifle to kill William L. Powell Jr., 61, and wound Constance Davidson, 59, and the Rev. Earl Carter, 64.

Police are also focusing on the weapons they suspect were used in the shootings: either an SKS- or AK-47-type assault rifle that could fire a 7.62-by-39 mm round.

Investigators want to speak to people who own or might know anything suspicious about those types of weapons.

Anyone with information is asked to call the North Augusta Department of Public Safety at (803) 279-2121.

Police say man took money from registers

Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a man Saturday who they say snatched money from the cash registers of two Gordon Highway businesses.

Clarence Leon Turner, 43, of the 4000 block of Brook Crossing, was charged with two counts of robbery by sudden snatch, jail records show.

A worker at the Pep Boys in the 1700 block of Gordon Highway said that at 11:15 a.m., someone brought a quart of oil to purchase. While he was ringing up the sale, the drawer opened and the man snatched $420 in $20 bills before running off.

A worker at the Maxway store in the 1600 block of Gordon Highway said that at 3:34 p.m., a man took money out of the cash register there. A police report says police caught Mr. Turner shortly afterward in the nearby Kmart parking lot.

Man reports 5 arson attempts at home

An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that someone tried to set five fires on his property Saturday using Molotov cocktails, a police report states.

Edward James Oates Sr., 59, of the 4000 block of Powell Mill Road, told deputies that he found five beer bottles filled with gasoline, with socks inside.

The man said four had been lit but did not start; a fifth was found broken in his driveway.

6 armed robbers take man's wallet, jewelry

Six armed men wearing dark clothes and ski masks robbed a man in his home at about 7 p.m. Friday, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report.

The six men, three with shotguns and three with pistols, entered the home at Castle Pines Trailer Park in the 3800 block of Mike Padgett Highway while the victim's girlfriend was changing Christmas lights outside, the report said. The men took the victim's wallet with $150, a watch and a silver necklace.

When the girlfriend became "hysterical," one of the men hit her in the head with the butt of his shotgun, the report said. The six men ran toward the back of the trailer park.

Tribute is planned for Keysville mayor

A retirement tribute to Keysville Mayor Emma Gresham will be held at the Burke County campus of Augusta Technical College at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Judge Bettianne Childers Hart will be the guest speaker for the event, which is sponsored by the Burke County Visionaries and Women Helping America Move Inc.

The program will also kick off a series of programs the organizations will sponsor in Waynesboro, Keysville and Augusta.

Contributions to the Emma Gresham retirement fund can be made to P.O. Box 159, Keysville, GA 30816-4413.

For more information on the event, call (706) 547-3007.

Fire might have been arson, officials say

A fire reported Friday is now being investigated as an arson, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report said.

The Richmond County Fire Department responded to the fire in the 1600 block of Mill Street at about 10 p.m. Friday, the report said.

Fire department Lt. Carlton Bradley found evidence the fire was started intentionally.

Man takes 144 cans of beer from grocery

A man shoplifted six 24-packs of Budweiser beer from Kroger in the 400 block of Martintown Road on Friday evening, according to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety report.

The man loaded the beer in a shopping cart and walked out the door waving a receipt, but he hadn't paid for the beer, the report said.

Daniel Jones told officers he followed the man outside. The man was loading the beer into a red 1992 Ford Explorer when he saw Mr. Jones, jumped into the vehicle and yelled "go."

Early voting in runoff to be held this week

Early voting for Augusta's Dec. 6 runoff election will be held Monday through Friday.

Voting will be held at the Board of Elections Office, 530 Greene St., Room 104; Henry Brigham Recreation Center, 2463 Golden Camp Road; and Warren Road Recreation Center, 300 Warren Road.

Races include the mayor, commission districts 7 and 9, and Board of Education District 9. Voting will be from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

The elections office will also mail absentee ballots through Friday. Voters can mail or fax their requests in writing or personally request a ballot in writing from the elections board office.

The mailing address is 530 Greene St. The fax number is 821-2814. Voters can no longer request an absentee ballot the Monday before an election.

Radio stations hold drives for food, toys

Radio stations WPRW-FM (107.7) and WKSP-FM (96.3) are sponsoring two separate drives to distribute toys to children and food for those in need during the Christmas season, a news release states.

WPRW's "Toys for the Hood" drive will collect toys for children 16 and younger who either do not have family or whose parents or guardians cannot afford toys this Christmas.

WKSP's "Kiss Hunger Goodbye Drive" is an effort to collect Christmas dinners that will feed the indigent and families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Unwrapped toys, canned goods and nonperishable food items can be dropped off at Wal-Mart Supercenter on Deans Bridge Road from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 6 a.m. to midnight Dec. 13.

There will be additional drives at the following McDonald's locations: 1831 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6; 2624 Deans Bridge Road, 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8; 3132 Peach Orchard Road, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15; and 1464 Walton Way, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 20.

People who want to donate food or clothing can call Cher Best at 396-6000, ext. 195.

Eric Horner to perform free concert at post

The 15th Regimental Signal Brigade and Fort Gordon will present Eric Horner in concert on Barton Field at 6 p.m. Saturday, a news release states.

The concert is free and open to the public. If it rains, the concert will be in Alexander Hall.

Signal Corps Band to perform at church

The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band will present a free Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at First Baptist Church of Augusta.

The concert will consist of traditional holiday music. Richard Rogers, a co-anchorman of WRDW-TV's 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts will serve as master of ceremonies.

Those planning to attend the event are encouraged to get free tickets to ensure they have a good seat.

Tickets are available at Fort Gordon Credit Union, Georgia Bank and Trust, the Augusta Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call 791-3113 or visit the band's Web site at www.gordon.army.mil/band.